Galatians 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 22-25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
I’ve come to the conclusion after comparing the works of the flesh (wrath, strife, envying, fornication, etc.), with the fruits of the spirit, that walking after the Spirit is a MUCH better way to live the Christian life! It’s a great life when there’s joy. It’s good where there’s peace. It’s Christ-honoring when there’s love. It’s Christ-evident when I’m longsuffering to others as He is with us. Why would I choose to live otherwise?
I believe many Christians forfeit the “better”, Spirit led life, for a cheap alternative. And why? Why would we substitute the rich fruit of the Spirit for anything else? We’d be wise to ask, “is my conversation (manner of life) becoming of a life marked by the Spirit’s fruit?” Do people see joy in my life, or wrath? Do they see peace, or strife? Do they see meekness, or variance and emulations? Do we possess gentleness, or do we provoke. Do they see temperance and long-suffering, or hatred? The two lists simply can’t compare.
After contrasting the lists, Paul exhorts us once more: “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit“. Are we walking in the Spirit today? The evidence of the Spirit’s fruit will answer that question for me. Let’s choose the Spirit-filled, Spirit-led life.